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Winding path led Lori Van Dusen to become a leading financial advisor

From the unlikely path of aspiring singer to financial advisor, Lori Van Dusen of LVW Advisors has built a wealth management empire out of a humble space off Monroe Avenue in Pittsford. Since founding LVW in 2011, Van Dusen has ...

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Peter Schottland believes in reinvesting in company and community

When Peter Schottland took the helm at American Packaging Corp. in 1999, it was annually posting an impressive $130 million to $140 million in sales. But with steady re-investments and a focus on employees, the company has grown to more ...

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Parcel 5 a new staple of Festival City

As daylight hits the graveled lot of Parcel 5 on crisp early September Rochester morning, anything remarkable about the barren sliver of downtown directly across from Sibley Square is hard to see. But for two days beginning Sept. 13, the ...

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Evolving downtown Q and A: Christopher Mannelli

To help track the impact of downtown’s ongoing evolution, the RBJ asked three stakeholders for comments. Monday: Sharon Napier, founder and partner at Partners + Napier. Tuesday: Sergio Esteban, CEO of LaBella Associates. Today: Christopher Mannelli, executive director of Geva ...

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Evolving downtown Q and A: Sergio Esteban

To help track the impact of downtown’s ongoing evolution, the RBJ asked three stakeholders for comments. Monday: Sharon Napier, founder and partner at Partners + Napier. Today: Sergio Esteban, CEO of LaBella Associates. Wednesday: Christopher Mannelli, executive director of Geva Theatre.  ...

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Downtown learns to morph into Festival City

The Roc Holiday Village, Rochester Fringe Festival and Super City Rochester have all taken root in downtown Rochester in recent years, combining with other long-time attractions to create an expansive variety of entertainment and events in the city’s core downtown. ...

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Evolving downtown Q and A: Sharon Napier

To help track the impact of downtown’s ongoing evolution, the RBJ asked three stakeholders for comments. First up, Sharon Napier, founder and partner at Partners + Napier. Tuesday: Sergio Esteban, CEO of LaBella Associates; Wednesday: Christopher Mannelli, executive director of ...

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Rochester rediscovers its riverfront

For lifelong Rochesterians, it may be easy to visualize what downtown will look like when its revitalization is complete, for it may have had a similar look and feel decades ago: Millennials heading out to a hip new restaurant, flanked ...

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Heritage Christian brings ERN to Rochester

Any business that employs people (which is to say, nearly every business) is looking for a way to increase morale and boost productivity that doesn’t add extra weight to the personnel budget. Take a moment and ask: Who in my ...

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Heritage Christian Services’ Employment Alliance strong and growing

“He’s been with us for just over eight years and continues to be a great addition to our team. From his wonderful and warm personality to his ever-present smile and friendly ‘hello,’ he fits right in,” Drew Hoselton, president of ...

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Skilled trades, middle skills in schools battle a pro-college bias

Students in the optics technology program at Monroe Community College often have job offers before they complete their degree or certificate. Now some of the 120 optics companies in Rochester are also reaching into local high schools. The students either ...

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More women serving on boards

More women are serving on corporate and nonprofit boards, traditionally a role dominated by men, but some of the women serving in those roles locally say there’s more work to be done to increase diversity in boardrooms.

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Four women share how mentors have helped their journeys

Entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs because they have a great product or service to market, or because they want to get in on the ground floor of the next big thing or because they want to be their own boss. But independence is a tricky thing. Most business leaders will say they still need guidance.

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